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Bob Dwyer (Franklin, MA) at the opening game of the 2016 college season. The historic contest was the earliest ever recorded in our 35 years of assigning college baseball. Worcester State defeated Fisher 8-4 at the New England Baseball Center in Northboro, MA on Tuesday, February 2nd.
Nick Zibelli addresses the over 200 umpires in Danbury, CT. this past Sunday. Many interpretations and rules were discussed. Also reminders on what was expected for the 2016 college baseball season. Baseball is right around the corner! Picture below, Nick goes over the finer points of home plate collisions.
A commemorative pin has been created to honor our fallen brother Bob Panza who passed away in July as a result of an accident while
officiating a high school basketball game. These commemorative pins may be worn on all uniforms during the 2016 baseball season. The cost of the pin is $5.00 and all proceeds will be donated to the Panza family. To obtain your pin, send a self addressed stamped envelope with a check or money order for $5.00 per pin to Dom DiMare 21 Solaris Road, Hyde Park, MA. 02136. Please order early as supplies are limited.
Congratulations goes out to Joe Peters for recently being voted into the Cranberry League Hall of Fame. Joe will be formally inducted on November 27th 2015 at the CBL Awards Banquet. Tickets Can be purchased by going to the cranberry baseball league website. http://cranberryleague.com
Will Haynie (Cotuit Kettleers) receives the Daniel J. Silva Sportsmanship Award
Daniel J. Silva Sportsmanship award. The award is given to one person in the league who best represents strong will and the sportsmanship aspect of the game. It is decided by the umpires and officials who have a connection with players not always seen from the stands.
The award was given to Will Haynie (Alabama), having no clue he was even considered. “It’s a real honor. I actually had no idea I was being presented with that today.” His sportsmanship stems from his respect for the game and respect for the players on the other side.
Director of Officiating, Sol Yas, has been presenting players with the award for 13 years. He claims it’s a terrific way to get the umpires involved and present an award to someone so deserving, “It’s an award highly regarded by the league and by us.” Yaz noted even through Haynie’s struggles, he never lost his ability to play the game the right way and never lost his respect.